Simra Mariam

Originally from India, my family moved to the United States when I was around seven. As a little girl just old enough to call both the bustling city of Bangalore and unique, historic Philadelphia home, I’ve struggled with balancing and coming to terms with my identity as an Indian-American Muslim woman.

I come from a line of medical professionals, but also from a lineage of unwavering creatives. For as long as I can remember, I’ve used art as an outlet to express how I feel — about myself, the world, and everything in it. Writing and storytelling, from personal experience, have allowed me the opportunity to tell my stories authentically. I’ve been allowed the privilege of telling others’ stories as well, particularly those whose voices have been sidelined.

20-years-old now, and a junior at Ursinus College completing my Media and Communications degree, I hope to eventually be a part of the revolutionary movement of creatives working to shift the mainstream narrative around minorities and truly be seen. 

Representation in the mainstream is critical — with the limited resources I have now as a college student, I want to start with my own community, with the various issues I see in our current political and social climate. I want to share my concerns, my opinions, my stories... in the hope that others will be inspired to do the same.